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The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

obliviousscout's review

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

melkor42's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

asaph95's review

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2.0

Wahhhhhh I really didn’t like this :( I just couldn’t care for the characters at all!

nathanedw's review against another edition

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

4.25

linnzhang7's review

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adventurous fast-paced

4.0

liz_danford's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

coenobi's review

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adventurous emotional funny fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

That was SUPER fun! It's not as good as era 1, but I enjoyed the hell out of that!

The good:
- I love seeing how we're still in the same world, but it's developed more. Light, sort-of-cars, taller buildings... super cool! (this also is one of the things that interests me into Abercrombie, as he does it too, apparently)
- The hints, winks and mentions of known characters of era 1 were a treat! Kelsier and Vin being legends, Spook, too... things in the world named after them, and so on.
- The use of guns instead of (glass) daggers (and spears) allows for new ways to use Allomancy and I am all here for it. How does this man, after three books, with three different magic systems, still manage to do something like that? It's insane!
- I FUCKING loved these characters! They felt a bit bland at first (they just weren't Vin, Kelsier, Elend, Spook, Sazed, or the characters from the Green Bone Saga, which I had a MASSIVE book hangover from) but they REALLY grew on me and they're great. Whenever Wayne starts talking, I just know I'm in for a laugh. Ranette is so fun. Steris is INSANE and I love it, you just can't not root for Marasi. And Wax has daddy uncle-issues and a weird name, so that's an instant plus.


The Bad:
- Everything felt a lot smaller-scale than era 1. Way lower odds.
- The sanderlanche in this book was...kinda small? Not that it wasn't good, but.... you know

daumari's review against another edition

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5.0

Looked to see if I reviewed this last time I shelved it, and I did not- just a rating (I do and don't get why reviews/ratings don't carry over between editions because not all editions are equal- sometimes you get goodies like illustrations and other times you don't).

Though I'm logging this under the Gollancz paperback, I actually did most of my reading in my nook ebook copy, and it's fascinating because I bought it in 2011, but the text and cover have been updated for 2022 (the main text difference I can tell is the author's note talking about Mistborn era time jumps and how AoL started as a refreshing chaser between long thicc Stormlight Archive tomes, and how The Lost Metal was due to be released).

Alloy is snappy, very quick, almost a novella. In many ways, Wax is an opposite protagonist of Vin- a man in his 40s with years of experience instead of a teenage girl discovering her powers, formerly a noble. You have similar quick pacing vibes from the original trilogy, but with guns and trains there's suddenly more metal elements in the world that can be played with!

I know the next two ([b:Shadows of Self|16065004|Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)|Brandon Sanderson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1659900268l/16065004._SY75_.jpg|21855448] and [b:The Bands of Mourning|18739426|The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)|Brandon Sanderson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1450134973l/18739426._SY75_.jpg|26616838]) were written in tandem, so curious to see how those'll flow.

nolokholin's review

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adventurous funny lighthearted mysterious reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

dayton_'s review

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.0